Kelly: We Don’t ‘Pooh-Pooh’ On Terror Threats

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Saudi-born college student accused of buying chemicals online as part of a plan to blow up key targets in the U. S. was going to school in Texas but according to his journal his sights were set on New York.

Federal prosecutors said one of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari’s plans was to come to New York and plant bombs in rental cars around the city for remote detonation during rush hour.

Ray Kelly said the NYPD spents serious money a year on counter-terrorism efforts, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he sees this case as another indication that New York is the number one terrorist target in the nation – citing at least 12 known plots against the city.

“New York is seen as the capital of the world,” Commissioner Kelly said. “We know that we are at the top of the terrorists’ target list.”

“It’s a dangerous world, and we just cannot forget it,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

“That’s why we have put a counter-terrorism bureau in place, that’s why we reformed our intelligence division, that’s why we have people overseas, that’s why we’re doing everything that we’re doing,” Kelly said. “We spend about $200 million a year in our counter-terrorism efforts – that’s serious money.”

Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student visa, moved to Texas to study chemical engineering and according to diaries obtained by the FBI it was all about building an “intelligent bomb.”

Kelly says he takes all threats, but especially ones against New York, seriously, reports WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb

In one journal entry, according to the documents filed by prosecutors, he wrote, “after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives, and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad.”

His targets, prosecutors said, included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, various dams and nuclear power plants and unidentified locations in New York City.

“To somebody who is attempting to compile the materials to build a bomb, when New York is mentioned, we take it all seriously and there’s a tendency on a part of some people to ‘pooh-pooh’ these things or downplay them when they’re arrested before they do it,“ Kelly said.

Aldawsari was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

He appeared in federal court in Texas Friday where a judged ordered him to remain in custody until a detention hearing next month.

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  1. pat says:

    Hey Commissioner Kelly, If the fed’s didn’t bag this guy in Texas he would of came right to NYC just like the last guy who drove the car bomb right into the middle of Times Square. All the “money” that you claim you have spent didn’t prevent the terrorist act. And with all the money, manpower and resourses you tell every reporter who would listen when you are giving another self serving press confrence it was a Tee-shirt vendor who prevented a near disaster in the heart of Manhattan.

  2. lemon pledge cookies says:

    Did Ray Boom-Boom Kelly really say ‘pooh-pooh’ ??? LOL … what a dolt.

    When he has to use the head, does he say “I have to go potty”?

  3. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    NOW BEING THE THINKING CREATURE THAT I AM.I GOT SOME BETTER TARGETS FOR ANY OF YOU CUPCAKE MUSLIM TERRORISTS..FIRST THAT VAPID IDIOT KIM KARDASHBORDIAN..WELL YOU ALREADY KNOW WHERE THE TNT CAN BE PUT,NEXT THE MAYORS OF NJ AND NYC..YOU KNOW WHERE YOU CAN STICK IT..THE NJ BLOB WILL THINK ITS AN ENEMA,THE JERK MAYOR OF NYC WILL JUST BE TICKLED SILLY,CATCH HIM NEXT BLIZZARD BOUND TO FLORIDA..NEXT LILO..NOW THIS CRETIN REALLY NEEDS A GOOD JUMP START ON HER CARRIER OF BEING SUCH A PAIN IN THE ARSE..SO TELL HER YOUR MAKING A MOVIE WHERE THE DRUNK STUPID SKINNY BLOND HAS FEMALE SEX WITH A ROBOT..YOU KNOW WHERE TO PUT THE TNT NOW..WE NEED YOU MUSLIMS TO GET RID OF ALL OUR VAPID PEOPLE IN THE UNTIED SNAKES..SO COME ON..GET YOUR SORRY ARSES OVER HERE..TOO THE GREATEST TECHNICOLOR NIGHTMARE MOVIE OF ALL MANKIND..THE FALL OF THE AMERIKAN EMPIRE..WITH A CAST OF BILLIONS..STARING…BLA BLA BLA

  4. DR RUTH SAYS... says:

    BUT IT TOOK OUR POLICE FARCE 30 HOURS TO STOP 1 CRAZY ANGEL DUSTED RUSSIAN…OH PLEASE THIS IS BUT ANOTHER FAKEO TERROR STORY…SO HES THE BABY DOLL TERRORIST..NEXT WE WILL HAVE THE DEPENDS BOMBER,OR HOW ABOUT THE MISTER SOFTI TRUCK BOMBER..ICE CREAMED TNT…IF ANY OF YOU CUP CAKES EVER BOTHERED TO HAVE THE MOVIE BRAZIL..GO GET IT…YEA POOH POOH…THEY ARE FULL OF IT!..OH AND BY THE WAY..A FART FROM THE BLOATED FAT GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION..IF EVER…

  5. Maddie says:

    Someone needs to remind Herr Bloomberg and Herr Cuomo that we are still the number one terrorist target.

    Keep cutting the FDNY and NYPD.

  6. pat says:

    Hey Commissioner Kelly, If the fed’s didn’t bag this guy in Texas he would of came right to NYC just like the last guy who drove the car bomb right into the middle of Times Square. All the “money” that you claim you have spent didn’t prevent the terrorist act. And with all the money, manpower and resourses you tell every reporter who would listen when you are giving another self serving press confrence it was a Tee-shirt vendor who prevented a near disaster in the heart of Manhattan.

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